Everyone knows that the significance of grandparents cannot be overstated. Why are these relationships between children and grandparents so critical to a young person’s wellbeing, even in digital spaces?
Grandparents can use technology to model healthy habits and to connect with the youngsters they love in meaningful ways.
Technology can facilitate the emotional closeness between grandparents and grandchildren.
Why Grandparents Are Important to Grandchildren
When grandparents spend time with grandchildren, their well-being improves. It’s that simple.
Benefit to brain development
By staying in contact with their grandparents or receiving financial support, grandkids demonstrate increased cognitive development .
Having a close emotional connection with grandparents reduces negative behavioral issues and emotional problems for kids of all ages .
Grandkids also benefit from spending time with grandparents.
When Grandparents play with younger children or spend quality time with teens, important family traditions can be passed down. This connects and strengthens familial ties.
How to Connect Safely Using Tech with Your Grandchildren
Grandparents are now relying on technology more than ever before to bridge long distances, combat busy schedules, and connect with their family members .
These vital connections can be fostered in digital spaces.
Use tech to connect
More than half of American grandparents live more than 200 miles away from at least one of their grandchildren and 4 in 10 grandparents are in the workforce .
Tech offers ways to transcend these challenges and connect young people with their grandparents.
When grandparents have access to their grandchildren, relationships are deepened through calls, video chats, and quick texts to share important life moments.
Use safe tech to protect
Close the Gap
Grandparents and grandchildren can form stronger connections through technology through text, calls, and video chat.
Real-time, face-to-face communications don’t promote negative screen time effects.
Video chatting . . . can enhance bonding and recognition. I don’t think it should be considered screen time at all.—Dr. Christakis, Director of the Center of Child Health, Behavior and Development at Seattle Children’s Hospital
Be An Example
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